GenCon – tentative schedule achieved

 

One of my 38 things this year was to attend a convention with a strong writer’s track. Writer's Symposium

I have booked convention tickets for GenCon, arranged time off work, booked airline tickets and a hotel, found a roommate, and the last step in my pre-convention excitement, I have signed up for several of the seminars and two workshops (former are free, later cost a small amount) to keep me well occupied, and learning, from Thursday – Sunday.

So, here’s current schedule (subject to change):

Thursday
Writer’s Craft: Eliciting Emotional Responses 11:00 AM
Writer’s Craft: Atmospheric Writing 12:00 PM
Writer’s Craft: Editing Your Work 1:00 PM
Writer’s Craft: When to Show, When to Tell 2:00 PM
Business of Writing: Professional Organizations (SFWA, IAMTW, & More) 3:00 PM
Writer’s Craft: Killing Off Characters 4:00 PM
Worldbuilding: When Your World is a Character 6:00 PM
Writer’s Craft: Novel Outlines & Synopsis 7:00 PM
Friday
Writer’s Craft: Finding Work for Your Inner Critic—Self-Editing for Fiction Writers 9:00 AM
Writer’s Craft: Rewrites & Second Drafts 11:00 AM
Writer’s Craft: Plot Design 12:00 PM
Writer’s Life: Breaking Writer’s Block 2:00 PM
Writer’s Life: Writer’s & Mental Health—You’re Not Alone 4:00 PM
Worldbuilding: Mythology 6:00 PM
Worldbuilding: Governments & Laws 7:00 PM
Saturday
Character Craft: Character Voice 10:00 AM
Worldbuilding: Flora, Fauna, & the Natural World 11:00 AM
Worldbuilding: Writing a World’s History 12:00 PM
Writer’s Craft: Sustaining the Tension in Novels 1:00 PM
Writer’s Craft: Hickman’s Guide to the Care & Feeding of Your Audience 2:00 PM
Writer’s Craft: Magic and the Modern World 3:00 PM
Worldbuilding: Creating Religions 4:00 PM
Writer’s Craft: Is Your Story Ready to Sell? 5:00 PM
Special Event: Writing Excuses Podcast Recording LIVE! 6:00 PM
Sunday
Character Craft: Build Them Up After Tearing Them Down 11:00 AM
Business of Writing: Schmoozing 101 12:00 PM

 

Thursday 38 things update – 5

On my birthday I decided to do one new thing (or revisit one thing I enjoyed but haven’t done in a while) for each of my 38 years. (Original Post Here).

Here is an update on some of the items I have done:

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  • See Welcome to NightVale live show (4/3 – it was awesome, and the actor for Carlos –adorable.)

 

Items I have made progress on:

  • Find a way to support, advocate the LGBT community
    • Helped PFLAG secretary create LGBT+ term bingo for upcoming PFLAG meeting
    • Spoke with on-campus LGBT affairs rep on how to get involved
  • Learn how to knit ; knit something
    • Learned how to purl and close off a project; used an entire skein of yarn making one long not-quite scarf
  • Submit at least 1 short story a month
    • Found a potential new market for my one circulating story
  • Complete a 2nd draft of a novel
    • Printed outlines of the two current contender stories to evaluate which I will work on
  • Learn how to play Magicwpn_productshot_m15_builderstoolkit_1
    • Played several games of open-handed magic with my premade/ purchased deck
    • Bought a deck-builders kit for 2015 Core, sorted the cards
    • Build my own deck – played two open handed games with it – one loss, one win
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Read 38 books
    • Books read to date in 2015 (as tracked in Goodreads)
      1. The Winter Long – Seanan McGuire
      2. Celebromancy – Michael R. Underwood
      3. Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake
      4. Sparrow Hill Road – Seanan McGuire
      5. The Eighth Guardian – Meredith McCardle
      6. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win your Inner Creative Battles – Steven Pressfield
      7. Invisible – Jim. C. Hines
      8. The Brief History of the Dead – Kevin Brockeier
      9. Writing the Other – Nisi Shawl & Cynthia Ward
      10. Curtsies & Conspiracies – Gail Carriger
      11. Lock In – John Scalzi

Thursday 38 Things Update – 4

On my birthday I decided to do one new thing (or revisit one thing I enjoyed but haven’t done in a while) for each of my 38 years. (Original Post Here).

Here is an update on some of the items I have done:

  • Attend a concert of some sort on UF campus – Saw the Navy Sea Chanters with my sibling last week

Items I have made progress on:Knitting Sample

  • Find a way to support, advocate the LGBT community
    • Attended March’s PFLAG meeting
    • Made plans with friend (who is on PFLAG board) to help create a game for upcoming PFLAG meeting
  • Go to a convention with a solid writers track (95% sure this will be GenCon)
    • Bought badge for GenCon
    • Booked flight and hotel
  • Learn how to knit ; knit something

Bow Tie; image CC Grant Frederiksen

Items I’ve added to the list:

  • Complete 1 year of the Sea Change program
  • Create a “Writers Toolbox” – consolidate my notes on writing
  • Learn to tie a bow tie

Thursday 38 Things Update -3

On my birthday I decided to do one new thing (or revisit one thing I enjoyed but haven’t done in a while) for each of my 38 years. (Original Post Here).

Here is an update on some of the items I have done:

Items I have made progress on:

  • Learn how to play Magic
    • Purchased a starter pack, and played 2 open-faced games with my sibling, under guidance of my husband
  • Complete the Couch to 5K
  • Find a way to support, advocate the LGBT community
  • Go to a convention with a solid writers track (95% sure this will be GenCon)Knitting2
    • Priced GenCon tickets
    • Began looking at airfare for GenCon
    • Got time off for GenCon
    • Found roommate for GenCon
  • Learn how to knit ; knit something
  • Empty my hotmail inbox
    • Went through all my “friend” folders, and many of the other folders, deleted over 4,000 emails.

Items I’ve added to the list:

  • Donate blood at least twice
  • Read 38 books

Thursday 38 Things update – 2

On my birthday I decided to do one new thing (or revisit one thing I enjoyed but haven’t done in a while) for each of my 38 years. (Original Post Here).

Here is an update on some of the items I have done:

  • N/A

Items I have made progress on:

  • Complete the Couch to 5K
    • Downloaded 5K runner app
    • Ran 3 days this past week (Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday) following app instructions
    • Realized the 5K I picked is the day after an out-of-town event I’m attending, began searching for alternate 5K to run
  • Participate in Month of Letters
    • Sent something every day but one, including to some strangers who signed up as pen-pals via the Month of Letters site.
  • Attend a Pilates class
    • Showed up at “new” location for class; but it wasn’t held
    • Contacted teacher, then program director for class, found out the real location for the class for this upcoming weekend.
  • Attend a concert of some sort on UF campus
    • Looked up UF concert schedule, added all Spring events to my calendar
    • Found someone (sibling) to likely attend with me
  • Ride/ walk the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail
    • Walked part of this trail by coincidence – it was the same trail my hubby had heard about (by a different name), and we went to check it out this weekend with my sibling
  • Learn how to play Magic
    • Watched two games of Magic between hubby and friend, understand the basic mechanics
  • Find a way to support, advocate the LGBT communityPFLAG
    • Talked with friend who is member of PFLAG about opportunities
    • Got my PFLAG membership straightened out, now receive newsletters
    • Signed up for UF’s LGBT Affairs newsletter

Items I’ve added to the list: